Autumn is here, WAHOO!! Putting all wooly hats, snuggly coats and crispy-leaves-on-the-ground aside, this can only mean one thing; the temperature is falling and the days are getting shorter. And I know it’s going to take a little sumin’ sumin’ to stop you from turning to hibernation....
Which is why I’m working with Comparethemarket.com to offer a great £50 Boots voucher for one lucky winner! We believe that health, beauty and well-being go hand in hand and together with a healthy lifestyle can contribute towards lower life insurance premiums.
To win this great prize you simply need to earn your entries below. This is a great opportunity to stock on new beauty products, make-up or a fragrance for the winter, helping to make you feel and therefore look great!
The giveaway ends on 9th October 2013 at 00.01 GMT and is open to UK residents only.
I've always been a bit on the fence when it comes to Soap and Glory, I'm not 100% why. I think I was once given a body lotion of theirs a few years back and it didn't really work for me. Honestly, the pink, overwhelming, 'vintage' style packaging kind of scares me off whenever I see their range in Boots!
However when I saw this on the shelf the other day, it instantly had my attention! As you know I am a bit of a packaging junkie, and this was no different. It stood out from their range and had a clean, pharmaceutical feel about it. (White, teal and grey never fail to grab me. Or a lovely de-bossed logo)
Similarly to the Garnier Perfect Blur, I was also drawn in by what seemed an impressive statistic; "98% of users agree that SCRUB YOUR NOSE IN IT effectively removes dirt and impurities!" In hindsight, I regret my consumer-brain impulse - of course you'd expect a scrub to remove dirt and impurities, duhhh.
I do, however, not regret buying the scrub!
The tube itself is what I would describe as a bit like a toothpaste tube?! Which was really refreshing for somebody who likes their skincare products. Full of product, I think this design works well in that you would be able to get every last bit out when nearing the end of the tube!
Blue and gritty in texture, I would also describe the product like toothpaste too! When you had a teenage breakout, did you ever try the mythical toothpaste-on-the-spot?! Well, it really reminded me of that!! Soap and Glory direct you to apply the scrub in circular motions and then leave on for a couple of minutes before rinsing. Feeling quite zingy on my skin, it felt quite tight after use, but I really like that because in my head it feels like it's worked! Obviously quite drying, I'd say if you have super dry or sensitive skin it would be wise to maybe give this one a miss.
I have to say I can't notice any difference to the size of my pores, but after using the scrub I feel they are less noticeable! I use this once or twice a week in the evening, where I also apply a facial oil after – the scrub makes a really fresh base for the oil to soak into so it's a nice weekly treat for my boat race.
Ever tried the Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It? What did you think?!
I did a post a week or so ago on my new do thanks to Tai Hair & Beauty Salon, and whilst I was there I figured it would be super nice to indulge in a little pamper! I always associate massages and beauty treatments with luxury, (the only time I ever have massages are when I'm on hollibobs and go all out on relaxation!) so it felt very very naughty indeed! It was the perfect pick-me-up after spending the past few months tediously looking for a job post-grad.
I went for the 'Body Scrub & Neck, Shoulder and Back Massage. With the cold weather coming up, I thought it would be the perfect kickstart to exfoliating my skin – the backs of my arms get notoriously pimply in the winter! The fact that this treatment had the added bonus of a massage really sold it for me as it's practically two treatments in one!
I met Cara, my lovely beauty therapist, who led me upstairs to the treatment room. Once I had stripped down and got cosy on the bed under some ridiculously soft towels, Cara began to scrub me down! Using a delicious fruity scented, sugary scrub she applied it to my arms, legs and chest area. Having just had my surgery on my neck, Cara was super careful around that area and was really attentive of my neck during the whole treatment. Once the treatment was worked in, Cara used damp towels to polish off the scrub, leaving my skin feeling really fresh and silky smooth!
Then came the back and shoulder massage. Oh. My. Worddddd. It was incredible!!
Asking if I had any aches or pains to see if I had any problem areas, Cara worked her magic. I can't really explain exactly what it was that she did, but it was seriously amazing, and by the time it was over I couldn't really bring myself to get up off of the bed. I was practically asleep I was so relaxed.
Beautifully decorated, the room felt really relaxing, feminine and chic – which really reflected in how you felt once you leave! And I LOVED the Brighton themed wallpaper, I thought it was a such lovely touch and the illustrations were really cute.
I would seriously recommend this treatment if you're looking for a boost! Reasonably priced too, the hour long treatment only comes to £35, which when you think you might spend that on a night out, I think I know which I would prefer to splurge on! There's a lovely range of treatments available, and Tai even have a 2 for 1 deal on beauty treatments called 'Tai Tuesdays' which is such a good idea to go with a friend and split! Or two treatments for yourself harharhar.
Thank you so much to Cara, I left feeling super chilled and super smooth! I will definitely be back.
Today is also the end of FASHION ME A SMILE's 3rd birthday giveaway – congratulations to Keri who won lots of lovely goodies! Thank you to everybody that entered, the response was crazy!
Keep checking by for other competitions and giveaways in the near future :)
Well, it's up and running. And Monday saw me make my first sale! It was super exciting for me, especially as it wasn't my mum who bought it. I'd love for you to take a peek at the shop, which you can find here! Without intending to, I've gone for a sort of high-fashion-model-niche?
This week I've been working on super hottie Daphne Groenveld...
I'd love to hear any suggestions on which model to draw next! Be sure to add me on instagram @jessicadiplock to look at what I've been up to, working processes, and other strange things like tomato bunnies (you'll see.)
I'm always messing around with my hair. Some of you may remember me going from super long, boobie-length hair to a short pixie cut a couple of years back. I've been trying to grow it for the past two years now, and although I've been persistent, I've also been a bit of a sillybilly in that I haven't had it properly cut in about a year. And since I decided to grow out my fringe a few months ago, it's resulted in my hair looking a little worse for wear; limp, lifeless and just 'hanging' there.
So I decided to bite the bullet and get a proper haircut, with Tai salon in Hove. Situated just 5 minutes from the station, the seven year old salon has an amazing reputation and super reasonable prices. I opted for a cut and finish with a senior stylist and an intense treatment, which I thought would get my freshly chopped hair off to a good start!
I met my stylist, Louise and we had a little chat about how I wanted my hair to look. She really listened and explained what she would do to create the look I was after; keeping the length and adding a few subtle layers to create movement and fullness. I was then taken to get my hair washed. (the sinks were the most comfortable I have ever sat in at a hairdressers! I was also given a footstool to 'take the pressure off of my back', which I thought was a lovely touch!)
rocking the plastic turban
Starting with the intense treatment, it was applied through my hair and left under the heat for ten minutes. The heat opens up the cuticle of the hair so the treatment can do its magic. Clever stuff.
After this I was taken for a wash and was given a laaaavely head massage. One thing I loved about Tai was that all of the staff were SO friendly - there were no awkward conversations about holidays, and the salon had a lovely, easygoing atmosphere.
Throughout the cut, Louise asked me questions as to how I wanted my hair to be, which I loved as I felt like she really understood me and I really felt like I could trust her with the scissors, unlike some previous experiences I've had with other hairdressers! Asking me how I usually style my hair (rough-blowdry-shaggy-dog) we decided it would be nice to have something that was still true to my messy, 'undone' style, but a little more glam.
jessy-two-cups. greedy minx
Louise began by spritzing my hair with the KMS Add Volume Root and Body Lift spray, which smells delicious, and then rough blow-dried my hair. Explaining what she was doing the whole time so I could replicate it at home, Louise then began to curl my hair with the straighteners - something I have never been able to do on my own hair! Describing the technique similar to curling ribbon with scissors when gift wrapping! The looser you pull, the looser the curl and doing layers of curls in one direction then in the other builds up volume and creates an interesting texture!
Louise working her magic
Louise finished by running her hands through the curls to mess it up slightly, before spraying it with the KMS Hair Play Dry Wax spray to create a messy texture.
You can see, even with the matte dry wax spray, how much shinier my hair is from the Intense Treatment. At only £10, I'll definitely be back for the treatment in between cuts, my hair still feels super smooth even a week later!
Although on a typical day I wouldn't usually spend more than five minutes styling the ol' moptop, I love how feminine and bouncy my hair looks here and I'll definitely be using the straighteners to curl it when I go out.
I'm so pleased with the cut! Just by taking the tiniest bit off of the length and adding a few layers, I think my hair looks thicker and it's definitely more healthy. I couldn't recommend Louise enough!
(how annoying is the wonkiness of my tee in the second image!?)
The salon had a real fresh, organic feel to it with lots of sage green and dark wooden interiors - it's having a makeover in November so I'll have to pop in to see the changes!
There were lots of KMS products available to buy at Tai, I ended up purchasing the Hair Play Dry Wax as I loved the matte hold it creates - perfect for using under hairspray.
Have you visited Tai Salon before? You should.
I'll definitely be heading back there fo' mo' in a few months time.
Be sure to head over to their facebook to see what they've been up to...
So as you may or may not know, a little while ago, my blog turned three and I reached my 200th post! My blog actually began as my first summer project for uni and I had no idea how much I would grow to love it. Although my blogging presence can be a little hit or miss, it's the one thing that I keep going back to, (which is a pretty big deal for my goldfish like attention span) I've met some lovely people through blogging, and would say it's been pretty beneficial in terms of starting a career in fashion.
Anywayz, I wanted to get a lil sumin' sumin' together for all of my readers, old and new, to say thanks for popping by all these years... and so I have arranged this cheeky little giveaway!
I've seen this type of blogpost on lots of my favourite blogs, and figured it might be fun to do my own take on the classic 'what's in my makeup bag?' postybob.
I would have quite liked to do a handbag edition, but then it occurred to me that nobody would want to look in that hellhole. It's like a Mary Poppins bag // rubbish-bin lovechild, with a ton of crumbs, food wrappers, sticky pennies from old sweets and receipts. With the occasional lipstick floating about.
Opting for the cleaner, safer and least nausea inducing post, let's get crackalackin.
My makeup bag is from Topshop a couple of years ago, and it fits all my basics in perfectly! Bit on the grubby side, but what can you expect after hearing about the state of my handbag?! Here's what's inside, and what I do with it on a typical day!
[L-R Topshop Blush Brush, Muji Foundation Brush, 17 BB Cream in Fair, Topshop Glow Pot, Rimmel Blush in Smoked Oyster, Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur, Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Ancient Rimmel(?) Concealer stick, 17 Colour Fix, Rimmel Wake Me Up Cream Concealer, Natural Collections White Eyeliner]
I like to avoid putting makeup products on my skin as much as I can, but if I find I need to; this is my go-to selection. If i'm not leaving the house I tend not to put anything on, giving my skin a chance to breathe. Often I'll pop a facial oil on as a treat. Living on the wild side. Anyway, I recently reviewed the Garnier Perfect Blur, and if I'm off out, it's my new failsafe, feel good miracle worker. If the ol face is looking worse for wear, I use my BB cream by 17. I love it's light-medium coverage, so it feels like I'm not wearing anything at all. I'll then pop a bit of the three-or-so year old concealer stick on any blemishes – that I'm sure has past it's sell by date, even more so now it's lost its lid, but it does the job. I'll dab the the creamy Wake Me Up concealer on my forever-dark under eye circles. No matter what, I'll dust a coat of the Stay Matte powder on the t-zone with my Muji brush, which gets particularly greasy above and between my brows! Nice.
I then use the Topshop blush brush, which came in a set with some eye brushes, with the bronzer under my cheekbones and lightly on the temples and under the jaw line. I then pop a bit of the blush on the apples of my cheeks with the same brush... I love the smoked oyster shade as it's a good transition from bronzer to my skin tone, a haaappy medium. My favourite product for my face is the topshop glow pot and i'll use this pretty much everyday! I love how it instantly brings your skin alive. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones, slightly down the centre of my nose and dab a tiny bit above my cupids bow. I also apply a light dash of the white eyeliner on my cupids bow, giving the illusion of angelina worthy lips. I also apply this to the inner corners of my eyes and under freshly shaped brows to open up le peepers.
I was recently super ruthless with my mascaras. Having purchased way too many shitty mascaras (similar to the Tales of a Pale Face post I read the other day, PREACH IT) I whittled it down to my two favourites. I think Maybelline have it down to a tee when it comes to mascaras. The consistency is never too liquidy or too dry and the brushes are pretty good. Not sure why my eyelash curlers are missing from this photo, but they are the most fundamental thing for my lashes, which are a mousey colour, super fine and mighty disobedient.
I'm quite boring when it comes to everyday makeup, going for a simple cat eye, or just mascara.
Whatta plain jane. The two eyeliners I always find myself going back to are the Rimmel Exaggerate Kohl Pencil and the Topshop Magic Liner. I kept finding with regular liquid liners that by the end of the day it would just crumble off into my sleepy eyes, so the felt tip style Magic Liner is a winner. The Exaggerate Kohl is 'waterproof', which I wouldn't say is completely true, but it seems to last a lot longer than any other I've tried, and have used it for years. Ever since my grungy, 'alternative' 15 year old days.
Next for the brows. I received the ILAH Brow Kit in the Brighton bloggers meet and was a little unsure about it at first. The box came complete with eyebrow stencils, which completely put me off, conjuring up images of the overdone 'slug' style. Once I experimented freehand with the brush, I fell in love with the results and haven't looked back since! I love how it looks a lot more natural than pencils that I had previously used and the colour was spot on for me :) I then use the 17 Clear Definition Mascara, which is definitely NOT clear anymore, to brush the hairs in a slight upwards direction and to tame the beasts.
[L-R Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107, Topshop Lipstick in Sartorial, Rimmel Apocalips]
In the winter I tend to go for a berry sort of shade, but these are the three colours I have been rocking over the summer. I can't rave enough about the Kate Moss lipsticks; matte, highly pigmented and lasting for hours it's my favourite range for lippy. The Topshop shade 'Sartorial' is pretty banging and I use this for days when I just use mascara, making my lips more the feature. (I have to admit I follow the rules of focus on the eyes or the lips / legs out or boobies out. Never both.) I also usually HATE lip gloss, but after going out with a friend who had used the Apocalips in a slightly darker shade, it lasted all evening and just looks like a super shiny lipstick. I can't find the name of the colour anywhere on the tube, but it's a lovely bright coral colour which really pops.
So that's my makeup bag basics! Excluding the two boxes full of makeup under my desk, which I'm sure every beauty blogger can relate to, these are my staples that I go back to.
What are your makeup staples? Have you done a 'what's in my makeup bag' post?
Leave a link in the comments below - I'd laaaaave to have a nose!